Do you remember playing Follow the Leader as a child? There would be one person chosen for everyone else to follow. To play the game correctly, everyone had to go wherever the leader would go and do whatever he would do. It was so much fun to be the leader! It was also a great responsibility to be the leader. The game would sometimes end abruptly if someone got hurt or if someone couldn’t perform at the same level as the rest of the group. I Corinthians 11:1 reveals a key truth: “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Paul’s basic instruction here is to follow him as far as the believers in Corinth could see Christ in him. In other words, people in your life ought to be able to follow you to a vibrant walk with Christ. With this key truth in mind, how far can others follow you? Whether you realize it or not, you are leading people every day. You are leading friends. You are leading others in your family. You are leading co-workers and neighbors…and sometimes even strangers. But, to what or to whom are you leading them? The gravity of your leadership must be realized. Paul goes on in verse 3 to remind us that “…the head of every man is Christ….” Your ultimate leader is Christ; however, God has called you as His servant to “be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (I Tim. 4:12). You are commanded to lead others to Jesus. So, to be the leader, you really must follow…learn to follow Jesus today. Start with a step of victory and come to church this Sunday…I’ll be looking for you!
Living one step at a time,
Pastor Gary Holloway